Ontario reports 58 new deaths due to COVID-19

Ontario health officials reported 58 more deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday, while hospital admissions fell again to 3,439.

Of the deaths recorded Saturday, the health ministry said nine deaths occurred on January 27, 17 deaths occurred on January 26, 10 deaths occurred on January 25 and the remaining occurred “in the previous days.”

Fourteen deaths reported Saturday were among long-term care residents, according to the province’s epidemiological report.

The province has reported 1,161 deaths related to COVID-19 this month, but some occurred earlier and were detected by the province this month.

Health authorities said 3,439 people in the hospital tested positive for COVID-19, including 597 people in intensive care units (ICUs).

Of those admitted, 55 percent were admitted due to COVID-19, while 45 percent were admitted for another reason, but have now tested positive for the virus.

Of those in the intensive care unit, Health Minister Christine Elliot says 82 percent were admitted to the intensive care unit for COVID-19, while 18 percent were admitted for another reason but have now tested positive for the virus.

Of the 597 people on the intensive care unit, the health ministry said 231 were considered fully vaccinated with two doses. The remaining patients were either not fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status.

Meanwhile, Ontario reports 4,855 new COVID-19 cases, but health officials have warned that the number is an underestimation due to limited testing.

With 29,241 tests processed in the last 24 hours, Ontario reports a test positivity of 13.9 percent.

Most infections were identified in the Greater Toronto Area. Officials report 774 new cases in Toronto, 663 in the Peel region, 294 new cases in the York region and 186 new cases in the Durham region. Officials reported 288 new cases in Ottawa.

The province registers that 240 residents in long-term care homes have COVID-19 together with 84 employees..

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